Sunday, December 20, 2020

Sunday, December 20, 2020 11:32 am by M. in , , , ,    No comments
Several websites mention or commemorate Emily Brontë's death anniversary: The Royal Mint,  Okdiario (Spain), Metropolitan Magazine (Italy) (where an article about Wuthering Heights can also be found), Nueva Rioja (Spain), Μικροπραγματα (Greece), Tiempo Digital (Honduras), ADN Sureste (México), El Intransigente (Argentina)...

The Sunday Times explores the films which will be on British TV this week:
Jane Eyre (BBC Two, 10.20am)
Cary Joji Fukunaga’s Charlotte Brontë adaptation has a fine cast, led by Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender (as Rochester), and its script deftly cuts the story to a usable size. These virtues help the film make the most of its slightly underwhelming supply of melodramatic fervour. (2011) (Edward Porter)
Epigram lists several 'wintery' tales like:
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
A classic story, and Emily Brontë’s only published novel, that everyone should regard once in their life, Wuthering Heights follows the characters of Heathcliff and Catherine as they navigate love and loss, set in the backdrop of Victorian England. Their location of the wilderness symbolises their freedom from the repressive ideals of the eighteenth century, and a break away from the traditional Victorian literature, set in big city landscapes.
The novel has a dark tone to it, dealing with complicated relationships and tackling themes such as violence and aggression. Following the transformation of Heathcliff and Catherine from their young lives to adults is an experience; Brontë smashes the conventional writing of her period and delves into the deep psychological analysis of loneliness and vulnerability, interwoven in her tale as well. (Tara Ghias)
The Nerd Daily interviews bookstagrammer, @bookishkaren:
Johanna H: If you could invite any five authors or characters (dead or alive) to a dinner party, who would you invite and why?
Wow, that is hard. I feel like there are so many potential candidates for this, depending on what the theme of the party is. I’m going with characters just because I feel like they’re easier to pick. I would invite Jo March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott because she thrives on entertaining others and I love how she’s so absorbed in everything that’s happening around her. My second invite is for Jane Eyre from Charlotte Brontë’s novel. She’s also very passionate and outspoken.
The most popular audiobooks of 2020 according to BuzzFeed News. One of them is Mexican Gothic:
 A bit spooky with some underlining themes of science and the power of racism. There’s a feel of modern Brontë sisters here which adds to the intrigue of this original gothic tale. (Karin from Bookworm of Edward)
Vogue (India) is looking for the best music albums of the year. Including Taylor Swift's Folklore:
A heartfelt 70 minutes that gently exposes evocative, delicate tones and textures, Folklore mines literary and cinematic references such as Alfred Hitchcock film Rear Window (1954) and Charlotte Brontë novel Jane Eyre.
Diario Financiero (Chile) interviews the UK ambassador in Chile, Ian Duddy:
El libro clásico para mí es Cumbres Borrascosas (Wuthering Heights) de la autora Emily Brontë. Tiene más de 200 años, pero las metáforas de amor y odio, siguen relevantes hoy. (Translation)
Sunday Island (Sri Lanka) reminisces about influential teachers:
 ‘Viji’ Weerasinghe taught us English Literature and Latin (which I skipped ). Other than the prescribed texts he urged us to drink deep from the founts of the masterpieces of English Literature. Authors such as Shakespeare, Dickens, Jane Austin (sic), Emily Brontë. (J. Godwin Perera
Hamburger Abendblatt (Germany) interviews author Katharina Hagena:
So las ich viele ihrer Bücher schon sehr früh und einige im Laufe meines Lebens immer wieder: Die Romane der Brontë-Schwestern, die von Jane Austen und Charles Dickens, Gabriel Garcia Marquez und Leo Tolstoi.  (Translation)
An initiative by Italian translators trying to raise awareness to their struggle is discussed on Globalist (Italy):
Questa lettera è stata consegnata ieri, il 15 dicembre,  in Senato e oggi, il 16 dicembre, alla Camera dei Deputati, insieme a 70 libri, tradotti in italiano, che sono donati a ciascun politico. Non è un dono natalizio, ma un gesto simbolico per sensibilizzare la politica.
Tra i 70 volumi in dono (per citarne qualcuno): La morte di Gesù di J. M. Coetzee è stato dato al presidente Mattarella; (...) Cime tempestose di Emily Brontë e Dis-educazione di Noam Chomsky. (Translation)
A tribute to Emily Brontë can also be read on RIP. The Final Impression. The Sisters' Room returns to an old Brontëite favourite, Emily Brontë's second novel.

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